YouTube will ask you to rethink posting that comment if AI thinks it’s offensive

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YouTube will start asking commenters to reconsider posting something before it goes up if Google’s artificial intelligence identifies that comment as potentially offensive, YouTube said Thursday. The new YouTube prompt suggests that commenters review the company’s community guidelines if they’re “not sure whether the post is respectful,” and then gives the option to either edit the content or post anyway. 

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“To encourage respectful conversations on YouTube, we’re launching a new feature that will warn users when their comment may be offensive to others, giving them the option to reflect before posting,” YouTube said in a blog post announcing the feature and other measures meant to improve inclusivity on the platform. 


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YouTube will ask commenters to rethink posting if their message seems offensive

YouTube is trying to combat offensive comments that appear under videos by following in the footsteps of other social media companies and asking people before they post something that may be offensive: “Is this something you really want to share?”

The company is launching a new product feature that will warn people when they’re going to post a comment that it “may be offensive to others,” in order to give them “the option to reflect before posting,” according to a new blog post. The tool won’t actually stop people from posting said comment. Prompts won’t appear before every comment, but it will for ones that YouTube’s system deems offensive, which is based on content that’s been repeatedly reported. Once the prompt does appear, people can post the comment as they originally intended or use additional time to edit the comment.

For creators, the company is also rolling out better content

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YouTube Giving expands to let more channels fundraise for their favorite charities


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After a debut last year, Google on Tuesday is rolling out the YouTube Giving program widely to celebrate Giving Tuesday. Google announced the change on its blog. As of now, all channels that are a part of YouTube’s Partner Program and have more than 10,000 subscribers can participate. You also have to be based in the US, Canada or the UK to be eligible.

YouTube Giving is a built-in tool to help you raise money for an eligible charity. Nonprofits that meet the other criteria can also use the program to fundraise directly. Sign up, and you can add a donate button to your videos or livestreams so viewers can give money directly to your favorite cause. 

Channels designated as made for kids aren’t eligible

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YouTube suspends OANN for allegedly peddling fake COVID-19 cures

YouTube has temporarily suspended OANN for promoting a fake COVID-19 cure on its channel. 

A spokesperson for the video platform told Axios on Tuesday that One America News Network (OANN), a conservative news outlet, will not be able to post any new content on its YouTube channel for a week — and is also no longer able to monetize video content.

The one-week ban is considered a ‘strike’ under YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. 

See also: GitHub reinstates youtube-dl library after EFF intervention

The policy was implemented by Google in an attempt to stem a wave of fake news across social media and video services at the time of the first coronavirus outbreak, including fake COVID-19 cures and treatments, conspiracy theories concerning the origin of the virus, and stories claiming COVID-19 is a bioweapon. 

YouTube removes content deemed to “pose a serious risk of egregious harm,” including videos peddling COVID-19 prevention,

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YouTube just suspended OANN after it said the conservative media outlet promoted a fake cure for COVID-19

a close up of a person holding a sign: A reporter with One America News Network works at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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A reporter with One America News Network works at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • YouTube has suspended the conservative media outlet OANN from posting videos and monetizing its content for a week after it posted a video promoting a fake COVID-19 cure.
  • The site’s policies prohibit users from posting content that claims there is a guaranteed cure for the coronavirus disease.
  • The suspension comes as misinformation surrounding the pandemic and the 2020 presidential election continues to proliferate the online world.
  • Social media platforms have attempted to crack down on misinformation by flagging or removing posts, many of which are published by Republicans, prompting conservatives to launch accusations of anti-conservative bias at tech companies.
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YouTube is temporarily suspending One America News Network (OANN) from the platform

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YouTube Bans Trump-Friendly OANN For One Week After Network Touted Fake Covid Cure


YouTube blocked One America News Network (OANN) from posting new videos or earning money on its platform for one week after the conservative network promoted misleading information about the Covid-19 pandemic, Axios first reported, a move that comes as the network gains new attention amid President Trump’s feud with Fox News.

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It’s the first time YouTube has restricted the Trump-friendly network, according to Axios, though OANN has also violated YouTube’s Covid-19 misinformation policy before. 

The ban will block OANN from posting new videos on YouTube’s site and bar the network from earning money through YouTube’s “Partner Program.”

A YouTube spokesperson, Ivy Choi, told CNN the platform removed the video and restricted the network from its site

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YouTube will run ads on some creator videos, but it won’t give them any of the revenue

Starting today, YouTube will begin running ads on some creators’ videos, but it won’t give them a portion of the ad revenue because they’re not big enough to be enrolled in its Partner Program.

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When advertisements run on YouTube videos, those creators typically receive a portion of the revenue through their role in YouTube’s Partner Program. With the new monetization rules, a creator who is not in the partner program “may see ads on some of your videos,” according to an update to the platform’s Terms of Service.


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Prior to the update, YouTube says these videos only received ads in limited circumstances, like if they were monetized by a record label as part of a copyright claim. The update will mostly affect smaller creators without a huge viewership; YouTube’s Partner Program requires creators to have accrued 4,000 total hours of

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YouTube, Instagram influencer media kit examples for brand sponsorship

  • For many influencers, especially those primarily working on Instagram, brand sponsorships are their main source of income.
  • One of the first things advertisers ask for during a pitch is to see a creator’s media kit. 
  • Influencers use their media kits as a tool to showcase their value to a brand or company, which often includes past examples and pay rates for a partnership.
  • Business Insider spoke with creators on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok who shared the exact documents they use to land brand sponsorships. 
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Many influencers, especially those primarily working on Instagram, say brand sponsorships are their main source of income.

In fact, brands are set spend up to $15 billion on influencer marketing by 2022, according to Business Insider Intelligence.

To get brand deals, influencers often use media kits as a tool to showcase their value to a company. Including performance metrics in

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GitHub agrees RIAA claim is bunk, restores popular YouTube download tool

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Enlarge / A sign featuring the YouTube logo, outside the YouTube Space studios in London on June 4, 2019.

GitHub has reversed its decision to boot YouTube-dl, a popular tool for archiving YouTube videos, from its platform. The company restored repositories this week after “additional information” convinced it that an archiving tool is not in and of itself a copyright violation—no matter what the music industry says.

The repositories in question got shut down in late October, before coming back yesterday. “We share developers’ frustration with this takedown—especially since this project has many legitimate purposes,” GitHub explained in a corporate blog post. “Our actions were driven by processes required to comply with laws like the DMCA that put platforms like GitHub and developers in a difficult spot. And our reinstatement, based on new information that showed the project was not circumventing a technical protection measure (TPM), was inline with our

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GitHub reinstated a YouTube video downloader that the RIAA claimed was a piracy tool

GitHub has reinstated an open-source tool for downloading YouTube videos, and it’s changed its policies to make similar copyright-related takedowns less likely. Yesterday, the Microsoft-owned software repository reversed its removal of YouTube-dl, which lets users save local copies of streaming videos from YouTube and many other sites.

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) demanded that GitHub remove YouTube-dl in late October. It alleged that the tool “was designed and is marketed” for illegally saving copyrighted music, violating Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. GitHub initially agreed, but its decision drew criticism from journalists and software developers. As TechDirt chronicled, YouTube-dl is valuable for reporters documenting content that might be flagged for removal, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation says that it’s valuable for educators and people whose internet connections aren’t stable enough to stream video.


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